In the fall of 2012, the Lancaster County Career Career & Technology Center – Brownstown Campus began a $5.2 million renovation project on their existing building which had been built in 1971. These renovations included infrastructure improvements such as the installation of energy-efficient windows, upgraded electrical wiring, improvements to heating and plumbing systems, upgraded security measures and more.
Meadow Valley Electric was hired by LCCTC as the Electrical Contractor. Among the state-of-the-art systems MVE installed was the Lutron lighting control system. The Lutron system seamlessly integrates with a BMS (Building Management System). Because lighting uses more electricity than any other building system, lighting control gives building owners and facility managers the power to save more electricity than any other control technology at their disposal. While utilizing the BMS software, staff at the Brownstown CTC can set up lighting schedules and control lights anywhere in the building. The school can also monitor and access their HVAC system in the BMS. Meadow Valley Electric worked carefully with the HVAC contractor to ensure that both the electrical and HVAC systems coordinated and worked correctly with the BMS. MVE Group’s low voltage division, ESCO Security, installed a paging system, data and fiber optic wiring, and a surveillance system. The CCTV system now provides the school with a total of cameras to monitor key indoor and outdoor areas, improving the safety of the faculty and students. Because MVE Group has both high voltage and low voltage teams who are used to working alongside each other, this enabled us to be as efficient as possible on the project.
Due to the size and complexity of the project, it was impossible to complete the renovations during summer hours when the school was out of session. Much of the work was completed during the school year. Replacing an electrical system while keeping a large facility operational presented its challenges. MVE worked with the school and contractor to shut down certain areas of the building one by one, to provide minimal disruption to students and faculty. In addition, MVE’s team spent many days working “after hours”. Our experienced and apprentice electricians worked together to remove and replace electrical panels, and to ensure they were operational before school opened the next morning.
LCCTC provides vocational and technical education to approximately 1,500 9th through 12th grade students from 16 surrounding school districts. The more than 40 programs range from culinary arts and commercial art to heavy equipment operation and welding. Currently, there are three campuses: Willow Street, Brownstown and Mount Joy. All three campus buildings were opened in 1971 and underwent renovations in 2012 to improve operations and increase safety.